Meningie couple 'famous'

Meningie couple Mick and Ros O'Hara have been inducted into the Australian Trucking Hall of Fame

Meningie couple Mick and Ros O'Hara have been inducted into the Australian Trucking Hall of Fame

Meningie couple Mick and Ros O'Hara have been inducted into the Australian Trucking Hall of Fame after clocking up more than 30 years of service and making a huge impact on the transport industry.

Born in 1956, Mr O'Hara began his truck-driving career at just 17 years of age, carting livestock and general goods in a V8 petrol Dodge tray-truck and trailer.

For years he worked alongside his parents and three brothers in the family's local livestock transporting business, before taking over the company with his wife in 1991.

Mrs O'Hara was in charge of the office and book work while Mr O'Hara spent most of his time organising trucks and loadings.

"I've travelled all over Australia carting livestock and have met a lot of good people and seen a lot of good places," Mr O'Hara said.

"Quite often we would be away from home for two weeks at a time; at times it does get lonely but in the livestock game there's usually more than one truck and you travel together.

"It's hard work, but it's enjoyable."

With a passion for his work, Mr O'Hara became heavily involved in the Livestock Transport's Association of South Australia (LTASA) and was State president for two years.

He went on to be elected president for the national body, the Australian Livestock Transport Association (ALTA), and later served as its representative on the Australian Trucking Association board.

In recognition of his contribution to industry, Mr O'Hara was awarded life membership from both LTASA and ALTA.

Over their careers, Mick and Ros have stood up as advocates for the trucking industry and livestock transport sector and helped develop the inaugural quality assurance system TruckCare.

The determination and dedication the couple showed also won O'Hara Transport the NMA Award for packaging, transport and distribution in the 200 Balfours Meat Industry Awards for Excellence.

Mrs O'Hara said being inducted into the Alice Springs' Hall of Fame would complement the couple's previous achievements in the industry.

"I think it's important for future family generations to be able to go up there (Alice Springs) and see our names," she said.

"We ran the livestock transporting business in Meningie for more than 30 years.

"I ran the office and did all the accounting side of the business and Mick did all the truck side."

Partners: Mick and Ros O'Hara, of Meningie, have been inducted into the Australian Trucking Hall of Fame after 30 years in the business.

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